Sometimes you need a little delicious treat for the whole family that packs a little bit of punch. Mexican food is fabulous for all the family as it usually involves assembling, wrapping or dipping. So why not get inspired by a few of our ideas?
The taco is a crispy corn shell which can be made in your oven using a tortilla. Gently spiced ground beef with layers of red onion, topped with grated cheese and guacamole. They are crisp, spicy and smooth all in one and kids love them.
Burritos are a similar idea and there is a Tex Mex version too. Mostly made with ground beef, you have a savory filling wrapped in a soft floury tortilla. They are really delicious! If you fancy an instant quick fix you can buy Pre Made Burritos but we have this fantastic chicken recipe for you to try and make at home.
- 4 skinless, boneless free-range chicken thighs
- 1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika
- ½ a tablespoon ground cumin
- olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 bunch of fresh coriander
- 1 Cup of pinto or black beans
- 1 Cup Cooked white or brown rice , chilled
- 1 lime
- 4 ripe tomatoes
- 4 spring onions
- 4 large flour tortillas
- 1/2 Cup Cheddar cheese
- 4 tablespoons Greek yogurt
Preheat a griddle pan over a high heat. Meanwhile, place the chicken thighs between two sheets of greaseproof paper, then bash with the base of a heavy pan to roughly 1in thick. Pop into a bowl, sprinkle over the paprika, cumin and a lug of oil, and season well with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Mix well to coat, then place the chicken onto the hot griddle. Cook for 10 minutes, or until charred and cooked through, turning halfway. Leave to cool slightly.
Meanwhile, peel and finely slice the garlic. Pick the coriander leaves and set aside, then finely slice the stalks. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat, add the garlic and coriander stalks and fry for 1 minute.
Drain, rinse and add the beans, then fry for a further few minutes. Add the rice and cook for 5 minutes, or until crisp and piping hot through, stirring occasionally. Finely grate in the lime zest, roughly chop and add half the coriander leaves. Stir well and remove from the heat.
Roughly chop the tomatoes and trim and finely slice the spring onions, then add to a bowl with the juice of the lime. Roughly chop and add the remaining coriander leaves, mix well and season to taste. Shred the lettuce and cooled chicken.
Pop a tortilla onto the griddle for 1 minute to soften, then place onto a board. Spoon one-quarter of the fried rice and beans along the middle, top with a generous spoonful of salsa, a handful of lettuce and one of the shredded chicken thighs. Grate over some cheese and add a spoon of yogurt.
Wrap up the burrito, then tuck in. Repeat with the remaining ingredients, serving as you go.